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4 Syrians die in custody after Arsal attacks: Army

A general view of the town of Arsal, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Four Syrian nationals arrested after last week’s Arsal attack have died in custody due to health complications, a statement from the Army said Tuesday.

“A number of those detained following Friday’s attacks appeared to have severe health problems a routine medical examination conducted after their arrest showed,” the statement from the Army said Tuesday.

“Their conditions deteriorated as a result of the climate conditions,” the statement added. “They were taken to hospital for treatment before questioning began, but their health conditions deteriorated leading to their deaths.”

The statement identified the four nationals as Mustafa Abdul Kareem Absi, Khalid Hussein Moulays, Anas Hussein al-Hsaikeh and Othman Merhi Moulays.

The statement said that a coroner is drafting a report of the cause of death but did not give further details. The Army command said that a decision was taken that all the other detainees would undergo medical examinations to ensure that there were no others in need of urgent hospitalization and to determine if any had taken poison that constituted a danger to their lives.

No further details were given.

Early Friday morning, five suicide bombings, an explosive device and a grenade attack were launched against the Lebanese Army in Arsal, leaving seven soldiers wounded and one Syrian child dead.

In the aftermath of the attacks, which took place at the Nawar and Qareiah camps in the town, hundreds of Syrian refugees were detained. Of the 355 Syrian nationals detained, 40 were found to have connections to Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham ties.

Those with links to militant groups were remanded in custody while the remaining 315 were released shortly after, a senior Lebanese security source told The Daily Star Tuesday.





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